LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — In thoroughbred country, the equine veterinary campus of Rood & Riddle is busy this time of year. Foals that were being bred last year are being born. At the veterinary pharmacy, Kelly Zaccarelli says their services continue to be in demand.
"A huge amount of our business is right here locally in the state of Kentucky," says Zaccarelli, the Pharmacist in Charge.
Along with the business they see came the demand for for more sanitizing products. Zaccarelli says their equine hospital was in need of hand sanitizer. So, she started making it, following the formula set forth by the World Health Organization, FDA and USP.
"I had to learn really, really quick," says Zaccarelli, "I really started just wanting to help our hospital, on campus. So we did exactly that, and then the farms. I started locally contacting the farms, asking, 'Are you guys set? Can we do anything for you?' And it was hand sanitizer."
Compounding hand sanitizer has its challenges right now, like finding all the needed materials. Zaccarelli says even the spray bottles the liquid hand sanitizer comes in were hard to find. The pharmacy has liter, 16 ounce, 8 ounce and 4 ounce bottles. They also have gallon jugs intended for refills.
"This is our niche in our industry and how we can help with the pandemic," said Zaccarelli.
She said she knew they were in a position to help, and help right now is well received.